The Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland

One in five Finns suffers from a respiratory condition. The Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland exists to serve their interests.

The Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland promotes respiratory health and good quality of life for those with respiratory conditions. Our motto is: "Everyone has a right to respiratory health".

75 years of safeguarding the interests of those with respiratory conditions

The Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland safeguards the interests of those with respiratory conditions and promotes health and wellbeing. We have worked on behalf of the interests and rights of those with respiratory conditions since 1941, when tuberculosis was the deadliest disease in Finland.

Our aim is to ensure that those with respiratory conditions and their family and friends can:

  • live equal and active lives
  • participate in society and communities
  • serve as peers.

Tens of thousands of people with respiratory conditions and their family and friends are involved in the activities of our 92 member associations. The major conditions are: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and sleeping apnea.

Good quality of life for those with respiratory conditions

Respiratory conditions affect close to one million Finns and their family and friends.

The organisation works to ensure that those with respiratory conditions can remain involved and receive good care. Early diagnosis of a respiratory condition, effective treatment and rehabilitation improve the quality of lives of those who suffer from such conditions.

Clean breathing air for all

Good ambient air quality promotes respiratory health, and everyone is entitled to clean, smoke-free indoor air. We promote non-smoking living environments with the aim of a smoke-free Finland.

Smokers can turn to our Stumppi service to receive smoking cessation support from healthcare professionals.

Indoor air and repair advisors provide assistance with mould damage, ventilation problems, construction and other indoor air-related issues.

In addition, we have launched an ongoing peer and support network project to help those with mould exposure-related diseases. The network aims to support and promote the wellbeing of those who have fallen ill due to indoor air and ensure that they do not fall between the cracks of the service system.

Service operations

In addition to our NGO activities, we provide education and employment services. Luovi Vocational College offers vocational special needs education and training (VET) in over 20 districts of Finland. Kovak Oy and Sytyke-Centre promote employment of people with disabilities or other disadvantaged groups. In addition, Suomen Sisäilmakeskus Oy provides specialist services concerning the health impacts of buildings, and hotel restaurants Lasaretti and Anttolanhovi offer accommodation and wellbeing services for all.

The Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland has more than 800 employees and net sales of close to EUR 80 million.

International cooperation

The Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland's voice is listened to. In addition to our national networks, we also work internationally on behalf of those with respiratory conditions as a member of the NCD Alliance in Finland and the Nordic Heart and Lung Alliance (NHL).